1988 Dodge Ram 50, good trucks?

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  1. springy101

    springy101 When god comes and calls me to his kingdom, I'll t

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    I just need a smaller truck to get around town in and has decent gas mileage, anyone have experience with this truck as far as reliablity and how they drive?
     
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    if you want gas mileage, those are crap. Reliability is also crap -- especially with an automatic trans.

    How much are you trying to spend? I'd say go for an older Chevy S10.
     
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    springy101 When god comes and calls me to his kingdom, I'll t

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    this one is a 5spd manual, it has to be cheap, like under 1500. ive also been lookin at a few late 80's nissan hardbodies and small toyota/mazda 2wd pickups

    edit: actually here is a link to it LINK
     
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    affende Resident 4X4 Elitest Prick

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    look for a toyota 4wd from the early 90s .... should definitely be able to find one in that price range
     
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    springy101 When god comes and calls me to his kingdom, I'll t

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    i really like the look of the hardbodies, and from what i have read they are just as good maybe better then same year toyotas, any big differences between the 2?
     
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    I used to have one in Highschool it never gave me problems
     
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    Yea, Toyota, Nissan, or Chevy can be found in that pricerange, and they'll beat the Dodge hands-down.
     
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    the s10's go forever.
     
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    toyota will be better.



    a summer camp i worked for had a ram 50.. biggest piece of shit ever, but it had lots of character.
     
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    meh, the s10 is dirt-cheap to maintain. parts are dime-a-dozen. And the 4.3L is very reliable. I'd stay away from the 2.8L, however.
     
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    The D50 was made by Mitzubishi, I sold mine after 170,000+ miles about 12 years ago. The only problem I EVER had was with the clutch......and I beat the hell out of it on and off road so I cant complain

    Mine was an 86 4x4 w the 2.6L, it was rock solid.

    I'd have kept it but the family was growing and a regular cab just wasnt cutting it anymore
     
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    Go with a 88-94 toyota tacoma :big grin: don't worry about milage; just get a 5spd with the 4 banger and 2wd. They're tanks.

    Oh, and when it snows, they can be fun (but only if you want them to be).
     
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    there was no tacoma from 88-94.
     
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    yep. just the toyota pickup.

    but who gives a shit, now we're in sematics
     
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    Jeep Comanche's can be found pretty cheap, though they're getting rare now... Older cherokee parts swap right in too.
     
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    Comanche FTW... if you can find one
     
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    new truck is an 06 tacoma, and i'm used to saying tacoma now. Ah well. Toyota pickup.

    That thar toyota with the bed!
     
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    Honestly, the Comanche is probably one of the worst choices. Parts are not gonna be cheap because supply is so low (everything except the motor, that is). Overall, if cost is a concern, stick with something that's very readily available.
     
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    I dunno where you are, but there are tons of older XJ's/junked XJ's to get parts from around here... :o The MJ is essentially an XJ with a bed.
     
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    not a lot in oregon.
     
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    from the lock pillars forward its an xj.... so unless you need the back of a cab, frame, or bed, you're covered becuase xj parts are so plentiful
     

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